Our 2020 SAVVY Year …

The year started in full swing. All of our groups spent the Spring term in R&D preparing for an immersive Summer project, while our new Crisis Averted group devised their first production. The Seance, a semi-improvised show to be performed in the SAVVY studio in March, and then we (along with the whole country), went into lockdown!


For the remainder of this unprecedented year, SAVVY (like so many), moved our offer online.  Re-thinking and re-inventing our entire artistic programme with our Mixed Bean season - maintaining connections with our members via Zoom, providing opportunities to be creative in a virtual space, and developing the framework for a brand-new show.


This was all possible due to SAVVY receiving an emergency response grant from both Arts Council England, Croydon Council and the National Lottery.  This funding was vital, allowing us to continue working with our members, maintain our core team, create work via our online Summer Season, develop new networks with other inclusive theatre companies across the country and take an active role in ensuring the arts stayed vibrant and alive in the borough.r 2020


playwriting workshop

for pupils at wandle valley academy

Having seen his award-winning show The Canary & The Crow, pupils at Wandle Valley Academy worked with playwright Daniel Ward and composer Prez96 on unlocking story moments, character points of view and music development.

Supported by the London Mayor's Young Londoners Fund.

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The seance

Monday, 23rd March, SAVVY Studio

Visions in the basement and an old tale from the local manor house bring new business opportunities and a gathering of people.

Is it just a spooky story or something more?

An original show, written and performed by the Crisis Averted Company exploring what lengths people will go to, to be heard.

This show was not shared with a live audience due to the country going into lockdown the week before the show.




While our studio at Fairfield Halls was temporarily closed due to the Covid-19 crisis, the SAVVY Summer Season moved online with weekly Zoom sessions, ongoing collaboration between members and show development.

Throughout lockdown, we wanted to ensure that we:

  • maintained contact with our members and provided support to access SAVVY’s online sessions

  • continued to provide exciting and energetic weekly workshops, that would facilitate creation in a virtual safe space

  • were able to support member collaboration

  • could transfer the work being developed online, back into the SAVVY studio when lockdown ended